About Antioch University - Santa Barbara
Welcome! I would like to personally thank you for considering Antioch University Santa Barbara for the pursuit of your academic degree. We pride ourselves on being a small, private, non-profit and fully accredited university located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here, you will find caring professors more than willing to reach out and help you reach your highest goals.
I invite you to explore the information provided throughout this website. You will find a variety of degree programs, including a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management with several unique concentrations, a Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in social justice and educational leadership, a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential along with a Master of Arts in Education, a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctor of Business Administration.
Our number-one goal at AUSB is to provide our students with the highest possible quality in everything we do. We offer a unique education that integrates theory and practice. Our faculty identify themselves as “reflective practitioners” who bring real-life knowledge and direct experience into the classroom. We will encourage you to do much more than merely sit in class and listen to lectures. For us, learning means reflection but also involves frequent, often intense, dialogue with others. You will be challenged. And you will learn more than you ever thought possible.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) campus is located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Our location is within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops, and galleries. The AUSB campus is also close to Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches and mountain ranges.
Antioch Santa Barbara serves local residents as well as an increasing number of commuters from San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties who appreciate Antioch's flexible class schedules. Antioch students have relocated from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe to Santa Barbara specifically to attend Antioch University, drawn by Antioch's distinctive education and the community's justly famous climate, lifestyle and amenities.
Students of Antioch University Santa Barbara are working adults who seek a new direction in their careers or the mobility provided by earning an undergraduate or graduate degree. A diverse group of men and women ranging in age from 23 to 70, they share a serious determination to change their lives. The average student is 35 years old, and over 70% receive some form of financial aid.
Antioch College was founded in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Horace Mann, Antioch College’s first president, was a renowned educator, architect of the American Public School System, social reformer and abolitionist. His goal was to create an educational environment that was stimulating and unconventional in its approach to learning.
As early as 1863, Antioch embraced a policy abolishing race as a criterion for acceptance. Since then, Antioch has been a dedicated advocate for social equity. Antioch College was also the first college in America to educate women on equal terms with men. In addition, Antioch was the first American college to hire female faculty on an equal basis with male colleagues and the first co-educational college to have a woman on its Board of Trustees.
Today's Antioch University is the legacy of Horace Mann’s original vision, and an example of the success of educational experimentation, innovation and diversity of thought. Antioch continues to break down educational barriers and rebuild them as educational opportunities. Since its creation in 1852 Antioch has evolved from a small liberal arts college to a multi-campus university system with five campuses located across the nation in Yellow Springs, Ohio; Keene, New Hampshire; Seattle, Washington; Santa Barbara, California; and Los Angeles, California.
Throughout its history, Antioch has reinvented itself to meet the needs of its students within an ever-changing world.